Your eyesight is precious and the best way to protect it is to have regular eye examinations. During your eye exam, we not only check your vision but also look for changes and early signs of eye conditions that could impair your vision if left untreated, such as cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and other eye anomalies. Many of these conditions have no obvious symptoms in the early stages, so an in-depth examination is the best way to detect problems quickly so you can start treatment as soon as possible.
What’s included in an eye exam?
Our regular eye exam for adults and children combines traditional methods with advanced technology to ensure we check every aspect of your eye health. We can use an automated phoropter or more traditional methods to check your prescription. If necessary, we also include retinal photography at no extra charge, using our Topcon digital retinal camera to check for changes to your retina at the back of your eye.
We can also check your field of vision with our Humphrey Visual Field Analyser and have a pachymeter to measure the thickness of your cornea. We have several eye pressure measurement techniques available, not just the ‘puff of air’. We use these techniques when needed, as with fundoscopy, camera, OCT (small charge), slit lamp and other specialist techniques to ensure thorough examinations and glaucoma screening.
Our eye exams can be specially adapted for young children, using picture charts instead of letters for those who can’t yet read, as well objective measurements and baby friendly techniques for those very young members of the family if you have concerns or family history.
We offer advanced eye exams on request, including an OCT scan at a small additional cost. Our 3D OCT Maestro scan enables our optometrists to gain a more in depth look at the back of your eye. This quick, non-invasive scan can identify minute changes that could indicate early signs of eye conditions such as glaucoma or AMD (age-related macular degeneration). By having regular scans, we can keep your images on record, making it easier for us to monitor changes in your eyes over time for your peace of mind. We are pleased to be able to offer this and our other cutting-edge technology at both of our practices.
How often should I have an eye exam?
Children and people aged over 70 should have an eye exam every year, while most adults should book one every 2 years. However, this will depend on factors such as your general health and family history of eye disease, so our optometrists will always advise you individually on how often you should have an eye exam.